Hezekiah, having received a message of death, by prayer hath his life lengthened.
Isaiah 38:1 In those days, was Hezekiah sick, unto death,and Isaiah the prophet, son of Amoz, came in unto him, and said unto himThus, saith Yahweh, Set in order thy house, for, about to die, thou art, and shalt not recover. Isaiah 38:2 Then Hezekiah turned his face unto the wall,and prayed unto Yahweh; Isaiah 38:3 and said,I beseech thee, O Yahweh, remember, I pray thee, how I have walked before thee, in faithfulness and with an undivided heart, and, that which is good in thine eyes, have I done. And Hezekiah wept, aloud.
Isaiah 38:4 Then came the word of Yahweh unto Isaiah, saying: Isaiah 38:5 Go, and say unto HezekiahThus, saith Yahweh, the God of David thy father: I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears,Behold me! about to add unto thy days, fifteen years; Isaiah 38:6 And, out of the hand of the king of Assyria, will I deliver thee, and this city; And I will throw a covering over this city. Isaiah 38:7 And, this, to thee, shall be the sign, from Yahweh,that Yahweh will do, this thing which he hath spoken:
The sun goeth ten degrees backward, for a sign of that promise.
Isaiah 38:8 Behold me! causing the shadow on the steps, which hath come gone down on the steps of Ahaz with the sun, to return, backwards, ten steps. So the sun returned ten steps, by the steps which it had come down.
His song of thanksgiving.
Isaiah 38:9 The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and then recovered from his sickness: Isaiah 38:10 I, saidIn the noontide of my days, I must enter the gates of hades,I am deprived of the residue of my years! Isaiah 38:11 I saidI shall not see Yah, Yah, in the land of the living, I shall discern the son of earth no longer, with the dwellers in the quiet land. Isaiah 38:12 My dwelling, hath been broken up, And is stripped from me, like a shepherd's tent,I have rolled upas a weavermy life, From the loom, doth he cut me off, From day until night, [I said]Thou wilt finish me. Isaiah 38:13 I cried out, until morning, like a lion, Thus, will he break all my bones! From day until night, Thou wilt finish me! Isaiah 38:14 As a twittering swallow, so, do I chatter, I coo as a dove,Mine eyes languish, through looking on high, O My Lord! distress is upon memy Surety! Isaiah 38:15 What can I say? Since he hath promised for me, Himself, will perform. I will go softly, all my years, Because of the bitterness of my soul. Isaiah 38:16 O My Lord! on those things do men live,And, altogether in them, is the life of my spirit, When thou hast strengthened me, and made me live. Isaiah 38:17 Lo! for well-being, I had bitternessbitterness,But, thou, cleaving unto my soul, hast raised me from the pit of corruption, For thou hast cast, behind thy back, all my sins. Isaiah 38:18 For, hades, cannot praise thee, Nor, death, celebrate thee,They who go down to the pit cannot wait for thy faithfulness. Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living, he, can praise thee, As I, do this day,A father, to his children, can make known thy faithfulness. Isaiah 38:20 Yahweh, [was willing] to save me,Therefore, on my stringed instruments, will we playAll the days of our life, By the house of Yahweh. Isaiah 38:21 And Isaiah had said, Let them take a cake of figs, and let them press it over the boil, that he may recover. Isaiah 38:22 And Hezekiah had saidWhat is the signthat I shall go up unto the house of Yahweh?